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LGBTQ BARS

Downtown Detroit (DD)

Briggs Detroit

Located in downtown Detroit, across from GM Renaissance Center, Briggs is a popular sports bar and after-work watering hole. This attractive club draws an energetic crowd to its Trophy Room dance club with “kickass” DJs. The bar features 22 craft beers and two alcohol infusions on tap. The SkyBox rooftop is perfect for enjoying a cocktail while taking in an unrivaled view of downtown.

Centaur Bar

An art deco masterpiece of a martini bar in Detroit’s historic Iodent Building. Located directly behind the Fox Theatre in the heart of Detroit’s sports and entertainment districts, Centaur Bar is not specifically an LGBTQ bar, but does attract an eclectic, hip crowd. With an extensive cocktail menu and a kitchen that’s open seven days a week till 2 a.m. This spot’s elegant décor and two-level design includes a dance floor and plenty of nooks and seating for a private encounter.

Queens Bar Detroit

Don’t be confused by the name. It’s not about “queens” as in gay men. Queens is named after the NYC borough – the owners have another Detroit bar named Bronx. Although not specifically an LGBTQ bar, Queens Bar has an unpretentious vibe and clearly welcomes LGBTQ patrons with a super-friendly staff that is very open. It has large windows wrapping around the exterior that let in plenty of light. A clean-lined bar design mimics the curved corner of the building, and there’s a cool street-side patio. The bar’s kitchen offers a grill menu.

Woodward Bar & Grill

In the heart of Detroit’s Midtown, Woodward Bar & Grill is the oldest gay bar in Detroit dating back to 1960. It’s storied history is reflected in the pictures on the walls and in conversations you’ll hear from loyal patrons. The Woodward is open for lunch and dinner with simple but excellent fare, especially their burgers. During the day, it serves the many business people in the area, turning mostly LGBTQ after 5 p.m. It’s popular with the black LGBTQ community and is a welcoming environment for men, women and trans.

Dearborn/Wayne (DW)

Adam’s Apple

A friendly neighborhood bar open to everyone seven days a week. On Thursdays, you can participate or watch others sing their hearts out at the karaoke bar, voted the best for two years by Local 4 News in Detroit. Outdoor seating on the patio, dancing and events and theme nights throughout the year. No food offered. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Club Gold Coast

One of Detroit’s oldest and most popular night spots, Club Gold Coast features male strippers and is open seven nights a week. Located in the Palmer Park area of Detroit, once the epicenter of the city’s gay scene. The area is coming back after decades of decline, and Club Gold Coast has thrived through it all, featuring dancing and an extensive bar every night. Great, friendly staff. Outdoor seating on warm nights.

Escape Lounge Midnight Club

So you’ve partied all evening but you’re not ready to call it a night. Escape Lounge is an all-male, after-hours, all-night eatery and bar. Opens at 10 p.m. Located on the east side of Detroit. Check out the Facebook page for special events.

Gigi’s Cabaret

The longest-running female impersonation revue in Michigan, Gigi’s has been in business for more than 30 years. A longtime Detroit gay hot spot, Gigi’s offers a big dance floor upstairs and a stage for drag shows in the basement bar. Includes karaoke, go-go boys and strippers. It’s a fun spot, known for its incredibly friendly staff, DJs and an openness to everyone and anyone that shows up.

Hayloft Saloon

A male club offering karaoke, pool, darts, six LCD screens and internet juke box. Open since 1980, Hayloft is owned by Ron Harrington, who also owns the gay bar Side Traxx in Traverse City. Happy Hour starts at 2 p.m. every day. This is a no-nonsense sports bar where men meet other men for fun, friendship and more.

Menjos Entertainment Complex

Menjos has been a gathering place for the gay community of metro Detroit for decades. It’s also a bit of a Madonna mecca since the Material Girl used to be a regular when she was a local Michigan gal. The mostly male, 20-to-30 something crowd comes for the dancing and entertainment. The complex includes Menjos Bar, the Eagle of Detroit bar and the Olympus Theater. Open Wednesday to Saturday. There’s always something going on at Menjos.

Oakland District (O)

Liberty Bar

Great little bar in the heart of Pontiac, Michigan, serving food and drinks. Liberty has been in business for more than 60 years. The pub menu has a trendy twist, with an extensive drink menu and huge beer selection. Open for lunch, too. Interactive videos, go-go dancers and Thursday karaoke. Welcomes men, women and trans. Friendly atmosphere.

Pronto!

Pronto!, right in the heart of Royal Oak, is a popular restaurant and bar that has served the LGBTQ community for decades. The video bar is popular in the evenings and features live entertainment, including Broadway-style cabaret nights. Pronto! offers a fun atmosphere with friendly staff, a relaxing sidewalk patio, a full bar and a popular Sunday brunch. Pronto! has teamed up with the Drag Queen Bingo hosted by Five 15 Media, Mojo And More every weekend in the space right next door.

Soho Ferndale

This classy spot features wine, jazz, martinis and a comfortable, casual environment. Located right in the heart of Ferndale’s gay district, Soho has a weekly lineup of trivia, karaoke, dance parties and sweet drink specials. Popular with both men and women. Frequent special community events, including the Homophobia is Such a “Drag” fundraiser for the Ruth Ellis Center, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth. This is a great place to meet a friend and catch up before or after an evening out.

Beyond Detroit (BD)

Aut Bar

This iconic spot in Ann Arbor has been an LGBTQ gathering place since the early 1990s. Most likely, when you walk in you’ll be greeted by one of the owners, Keith or Martin, who were one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry in Washtenaw County. A popular weekend Champagne brunch spot, Aut Bar features Ann Arbor’s gayest Happy Hour, Tuesday–Friday. Located in Braun Court, which is also home to the LGBTQ-focused Jim Toy Community Center and Common Language Bookstore, Aut hosts many community event fundraisers, rallies and celebrations. Popular with men, women and trans.

Necto Nightclub (PRIDE Fridays)

Ann Arbor’s downtown nightclub, Necto attracts people from the University of Michigan’s campus and surrounding area. Multiple weekly and special events, including Factory Monday – an industrial, Synth pop club night; Thursday Mix featuring concerts and events; and PRIDE Fridays (this is the official LGBT night, but the club is welcoming other nights, too). The Pride night has been a staple in Ann Arbor’s gay scene since 1984. PRIDE Fridays are well known for the special events and guest artists. Check out the website for special performers.

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LGBTQ ENTERTAINMENT

Drag Queen Bingo

Drag Queen Bingo

Drag Queen Bingo is an 18+ event and is fun for all. Food and drinks available. Hosted by the LGBT Gift Shop, Five 15 in Royal Oak. Reservations recommended.

Choruses

Detroit Together Men’s Chorus

Detroit Together Men’s Chorus is a four-part, men’s chorus made up of singers of all abilities. DTMC performs a wide variety of music genres and is a dedicated group of men committed to strengthening community and providing social change through music.

Out Loud Chorus

Out Loud Chorus is a non-auditioned, mixed community chorus. Most members identify as LGBTQ, but there is no test and the chorus is open to all who consider themselves allies of the LGBTQ community.

Prism Men’s Chorus

This gay men and allies chorus performs at various venues in metro Detroit.

Sing Out Detroit Chorus

This mixed soprano, alto, tenor and bass chorus for LGBTQ people and allies performs at many community events and does seasonal concerts.

Theater/Live Theater

The Ringwald Theatre

Located in the “Times Square of Ferndale,” just south of 9 Mile on the east side of Woodward Avenue, the Ringwald is a professional theater producing work that blurs the lines between race, income, religion and sexuality. Seasons include productions focusing primarily on newer works, previously unproduced scripts and fresh interpretations of seasoned classics.

Slipstream Theatre Initiative

An ensemble company dedicated to bringing classical and original works to a younger demographic by focusing on the relevant and current social issues presented in each piece. Although not exclusively LGBTQ, Slipstream pushes the envelope on sexuality.

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LGBTQ SPORTS

Sports enthusiasm is in the DNA of Detroiters, and the LGBTQ community plays and cheers right along –playing hard on three different LGBTQ bowling leagues, a softball league, a tennis league, a golf league, a curling team, swimming groups, running groups and dozens of informal clubs and teams.

Here’s some info on several of the larger sports groups in the area:

Football

The Metro Detroit Flag Football League seeks to foster and augment the self-respect of all LGBTQ people and to promote respect and understanding of the larger community. MDFFL prides itself on the inclusive nature of its league.

Softball

LGBTQ athletes and friends take the diamond every Sunday as members of the Metro Detroit Softball League. MDSL fields more than 500 seasoned veterans and beginners, and has since the league was formed in 1985. After each game, winners and losers join together at a local LGBTQ bar for a celebratory after-game party. The players and fans welcome anyone to come join in the fun each Sunday.

In collaboration with leagues in Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, the Midwest Invitational Softball Tournament is held every Labor Day weekend.

Bowling

Little known fact: Michigan is the bowling capital of the world.

Motorcity Invitational Classic is an annual bowling tournament that attracts thousands of LGBTQ bowlers to Detroit from all over the Midwest for a whole weekend of sport and fun each March. Throughout the whole year, MIC helps organize about half a dozen Michigan LGBTQ bowling leagues . All the leagues welcome both men and women bowlers – just a love of the sport is required – and players can slot into any skill level.

If you’re interested in bowling, feel free to drop in at any of the leagues to watch – and maybe find yourself recruited onto a team.

Tennis

The Motor City Tennis Alliance started in 1991, and continues to welcome new players. It is made of gay, straight, bi and transgendered and transsexual people all coming together to play tennis in a fun, competitive and supportive manner. Includes all levels of play, from beginners to near-pro level, and offers singles and doubles. Drop in at one of their events to watch or play.

MCTA hosts the international Motor City Tennis Classic each year at Franklin Athletic Club in Farmington Hills.

Golf

There are more golf courses in Michigan than any other state in the nation. LGBT golfers can find leagues and outings on the links.

Michigan Golf Club is open to golfers of any skill level and all posted events specify if there is a minimum level of golfer invited. The website lists dozens of men’s and women’s events, lessons, social events, weekend trips, outings and tournaments.

Curling

OUTturn Curling League meets at The Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale. For more information, contact the Detroit Curling Club.

Running

There are several LGBTQ running groups and clubs in metro Detroit. One of the longest running is Motown Frontrunnerswhich describes itself as “a group of masochists, enthusiasts, fanatics and other social beings dedicated to the fine arts of conversation (at times, while running) and eating with a little running thrown in for measure.” They run every week usually on Sundays, starting in Royal Oak.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Centaur Bar
    2233 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-963-4040 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Queens Bar Detroit
    35 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-285-8019 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Briggs Detroit
    519 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226313-656-4820 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Woodward Bar & Grill
    6426 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI313-872-0166 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Adam's Apple
    18931 W Warren Ave, Detroit, MI313-240-8482 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Club Gold Coast
    2971 E Seven Mile Rd, Detroit, MI313-366-6135 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Escape Lounge Midnight Club
    19404 Sherwood St, Detroit, MI313-892-1765 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Gigi's Cabaret
    16920 West Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI313-584-6525 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Hayloft Saloon
    8070 Greenfield Rd, Detroit, MI313-581-8913 Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Menjos Entertainment Complex
    928 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI313-863-3934 Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Liberty Bar
    85 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac, MI248-758-0771 Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Pronto!
    608 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI248-544-7900 Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Soho Ferndale
    205 West Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI248-542-7646 Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Aut Bar
    315 Braun Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48104734-994-3677 Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Necto Nightclub (PRIDE Fridays)
    516 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI734-994-5835 Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Drag Queen Bingo
    515 Washington St., Royal Oak, MI 48067248-515-2551 Highlight on map | More Details
  17. Detroit Together Men's Chorus
    2441 Pinecrest Dr, Ferndale, MI 48220, United States248-544-3872 Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Out Loud Chorus
    P.O. Box 7107 Ann Arbor, MI 48107734-265-0740 Highlight on map | More Details
  19. Prism Men's Chorus
    1220 Normandy Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073, United States Highlight on map | More Details
  20. Sing Out Detroit Chorus
    PO Box 2031, Royal Oak, MI 48068248-943-2411 Highlight on map | More Details
  21. The Ringwald Theatre
    22742 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220248-545-5545 Highlight on map | More Details
  22. Slipstream Theatre Initiative
    460 Hilton Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220313-986-9156 Highlight on map | More Details
  23. Motor City Tennis Alliance
    29350 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 48034248-224-3076 Highlight on map | More Details
  24. Detroit Curling Club
    1615 E. Lewiston, Ferndale, MI 48220 Highlight on map | More Details
  25. Motown Frontrunners
    1718 W. Twelve Mile Rd Royal Oak, MI 48073248-542-3829 Highlight on map | More Details